Ribbon-cutting ceremony for new public art piece to be held April 28 at Torrey Pines Reserve

Community members are invited to celebrate the city’s new public art piece during a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 28 at Torrey Pines Reserve.

Award-winning woodworking artist Tim Richards recently transformed a dead Torrey pine into a lively piece of public art at the reserve.

In January, Del Mar resident David Arnold contacted Richards about carving a Torrey pine on the south end of Torrey Pines State Reserve. The city was cutting down the tree because beetles had damaged it.

With support from the city to turn the stump into art, Arnold, a retired graphic designer and illustrator, designed a bench with an attached red-tailed hawk — the official bird of Torrey Pines Reserve. After receiving approval from the city, Richards went to work on Feb. 17. He completed the piece March 6.

A ceremony will be held to officially unveil the sculpture at 10 a.m. April 28 at Torrey Pines Reserve, located at the bluffs along Camino del Mar overlooking the northern end of Torrey Pines State Beach. Free parking will be available along Camino del Mar from 9:30-11:30 a.m.